An evening with Tim Foster MBE (Olympic Rowing Champion and Coach)

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An evening with Tim Foster MBE

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


In what is sure to be an engaging and interesting talk with plenty of anecdotes and stories, Tim will describe his experiences of training, competing and coaching in international rowing. He will provide insights about how aspiring athletes can achieve a balance between training, studying and yet still manage to have fun along the way. Tim will also discuss why some individuals are able to apply the lessons that they learned as athletes to create success in other aspects of life and career. 

There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions at the end of the talk.

This talk is ideally suited for anyone who is studying for a sport science or sport coaching degree. It will also have strong appeal to current rowers and coaches who are interested in finding ways to improve their training and competition results. Importantly, we anticipate that the talk will interest any individuals from Oxford Brookes or the wider community with an interest in understanding more about what has helped develop Team GB into an international sporting superpower!


About the speaker:

Tim Foster MBE is both an Olympic champion and a former head rowing coach with Swiss rowing. He has won multiple world junior and senior rowing titles, competed in three Olympics and coached crews in a further three Olympics. He also rowed for Oxford University in the 1997 Boat Race.

Along with Steve Redgrave, Matt Pinsent and James Cracknell, Tim won the coxless men’s four at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Much of Tim’s preparation for this event was hindered by injury. The story behind this victory was captured in the BBC documentary Gold Fever, a TED talk and the book “Four Men in a Boat” authored by Tim.

Tim now works in enterprise development and is often seen around the Headington campus helping students develop their ideas into successful start-up businesses. 

Access the recording of this talk here.